Friday, November 13, 2015

1975 Profile: Robert James

No. 20
"Robert was a unanimous All-NFL choice at cornerback for the second consecutive season, a consensus All-Conference selection and a member of the AFC Pro Bowl squad for the third straight year. He made three interceptions, his best total since 1971, to rank second to teammate Tony Greene in that statistic. Robert shares with O.J. Simpson the distinction of being the senior member of the Bills organization.
He has missed only two games in six seasons on the squad. He's one of the toughest one-on-one defenders in the NFL and his ability to cover usually [gets] him the team's toughest opposing receiver. Originally signed as a free agent out of Fisk University, Robert won a starting role at cornerback in 1970 after playing mainly on special teams as a rookie. He wears contact lenses on the field. He's one of the team's inspirational leaders.
Robert was a linebacker and defensive end for Fisk and was an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice. He's the first Fisk University product to gain prominence in pro ball. Fisk's most valuable gridder in 1968, Robert was also the conference champion in the 60-yard high hurdles and the 120-yard intermediate hurdles. His top collegiate hurdle times were 7.5 in the 60's and 14.5 over the 120's.
He earned his Bachelor's degree in physical education and is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Robert was once saluted by his hometown in Robert James Day ceremonies. He would like to pursue a teaching career following his playing days."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

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